Miccosukee Tribe: ‘Single species management of the Everglades must end’

THE EVERGLADES — As the rainy season raises water levels in the Everglades, once again the Miccosukee Tribe has found its cultural lands flooded to protect the nesting grounds of sparrows — sparrows that might not even be there anymore. Federal protection for the Cape Sable seaside sparrow (CSSS) prioritizes a single species to the […]

Corps publishes RECOVER Interim Goals and Targets Report

JACKSONVILLE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District published an updated version of the RECOVER (REstoration COordination & VERification) Interim Goals and Targets Report July 1 using improved models and data not available in the initial report. RECOVER is a multi-agency team of scientists, modelers, planners, and resource specialists who organize and apply […]

Corps plans ‘deviation’ from Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule; July 21 webinar to be open to the public

JACKSONVILLE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District, announces public comment on the Draft Revised Supplemental Environmental Assessment (EA) and Proposed Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the planned deviation from the water control plan for Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades Agricultural Area, also known as the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS […]

Workshops review watershed protection plans

WEST PALM BEACH — About 250 people logged in to a virtual meeting on Northern Everglades Watershed Protection on June 26, hosted by the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). “Our intent with this is to engage the public in a robust discussion about what it takes to solve our water quality crisis,” explained Jennifer […]

Satellite imagery shows algae potential in lake

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — The intense summer heat has brought with it algal blooms on Lake Okeechobee. Lake area fishermen have noted this is a common occurrence in the summer. As of June 29, the lake level was at 12.36 feet, just slightly higher than the previous week’s level of 12.33 feet. No water from the […]

Lake Okeechobee ranked best bass fishery of the decade in Florida

BIRMINGHAM — Bassmaster Magazine has released their top 100 lakes of the decade and Lake Okeechobee is the highest ranking lake in the state of Florida on the list. Since 2012, Bassmaster Magazine has released annual rankings of the country’s best bass fisheries. Bassmaster crunched the numbers gathered over those past eight years to compile […]

Col. Kelly on Lake Okeechobee: Balancing project purposes

Franklin Lock and Dam

By Col. Andrew KellyU.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District JACKSONVILLE — One of the challenges we face at the Jacksonville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is balancing all of the purposes of managing Lake Okeechobee given to us by Congress – flood control, water supply, navigation, recreation, and preservation of fish […]

Lake operation plan to change when dike work is complete

JACKSONVILLE — Work on the Lake Okeechobee Systems Operating Manual continued June 25 with an online meeting of the LOSOM Project Delivery Team (PDT). LOSOM will replace the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule 2008 (LORS ’08) when repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike are completed in 2022. Lisa Aley, of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers […]

Northern Everglades Watershed Protection Planning kickoff workshop is June 26

WEST PALM BEACH – The South Florida Water Management District is starting the process to update the Watershed Protection Plans for the Lake Okeechobee watershed, and the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee River watersheds and estuaries. To begin this process, the District is hosting an initial planning meeting next Friday, June 26 at 2 p.m. Register: […]

LOSOM meeting scheduled for June 25

JACKSONVILLE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, announces the next Project Delivery Team (PDT) meeting for the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM), to be held June 25 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Due to continuing COVID-19 restrictions on public meetings, this meeting will be held online only. There are a […]